小さな

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
ちい
Grade: 1
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Derived as the -na adjective construction of -i adjective 小さい (chīsai, small, little). See that entry for further details.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

小さな (hiragana ちいさな, rōmaji chīsana, historical hiragana ちひさな)

  1. (of size or amount) small, little, tiny
  2. (of age) young, little

Usage notes[edit]

This term may only be used to directly modify a noun. In this grammatical role, it may be used largely interchangeably with 小さい (chīsai), the -i adjective form. In predicative use, only 小さい (chīsai) may be used: あれ*小さ (are wa *chīsa da) is incorrect grammar. Also, there is no adverbial form *小さに (*chīsa ni), only the regular -ku adverbial form 小さく (chīsaku) of the -i adjective 小さい (chīsai).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9